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Wilson I don't say this to my people. They'd think I'm nuts. I think they [the CIA] killed Dorothy Hunt. Charles Colson, Time, July 8, 1974 Many passages in my novels were produced by the cut-up method invented by William S. Burroughs and Brion Gysin. I was sneaky about it; the cut-ups were inserted where my characters were dreaming or on drugs and I did not explicitly tell the reader that this prose was produced by mechanical techniques. Scientists are allowed to experiment, and engineers may use machine-age industrial processes, but writers are supposed to remain in the pre-Einsteinian murk. Movie directors use montage, and painters use collage, but writers are still expected to pretend that the linear mode is ordained by God or too sacred to be breached. The exact reasons why literature should remain stuck in the early 19 th century while the rest of our culture is moving rapidly toward the 21 st are, to say the least of it, obscure to me. The cut-up method is both random and stochastic; it disconnects linguistic tropisms and reconnects on a higher, or more subtle, level of coherence. You take a page you've just written and cut it into four quarters. Shuffle them and type up the results. Throw away what you don't like. Then take two pages and quarter each of them. Good. Now you have eight pieces to shuffle. Take somebody else's prose or poetry an add that to the stew. Always edit, to keep only the wild green lines. You can have lots of fun deciding how to punctuate. You can put it into paragraphs, or into a simulation of dialogue, or make it look like somebody's internal stream-of-consciousness. You can even mix it with other elements for pieces that haven't been cut up and permutated. F A S T F O R W A R D: On December 8 1972, United Airlines Flight 553 left Washington and heade for Chicago. On board was Dorothy Hunt, wife of Watergate conspirator E. Howard Hunt, carrying an unknown sum of bribe money from the white house. A mile and a half short of Chicago's Midway Airport, Flight 553 crashed, killing everybody abroad. The Junkyard Dog is a repeating tape loop creating the thoughts, feelings and (apparent) sense impressions of the Cowboy Elite. You can mix anything in. Take some bit of prose that strikes you as particularly pompous and obtuse, cut it up and the results can be quite amusing: “Somehow it just doesn't caricature–” “Negativism Himself?” “Such ranting and raving books...” “Wasting his time repeating a half step back.” “Anti-environmentalist plot... that is too close...” Now that's a typical ass-hole reviewer talking to himself. Add some Arthur Flegenheimer to the brew and it gets wilder and funnier: “You got no trigger but somehow it just doesn't get ahead,” the psychiatrist commented. “There are many funny prejudices... Hobo and Pobo I think... a better future is jumping around...” Sheriff Carpenter explained. “Reserve decision... police, police... dog biscuit is too close...”one of the kids on belladonna moaned happily. District attorney Arlo Smith is today's Appian Way, our Gutenberg Bible: we are living in linguistic tropisms. You can have lots of fun in the sexual attitudes of the parents... Simon Moon peers to some unknown destination... No more muddy juxtaposition: “Pope denounces one jesus...” Blake Williams muttered. “How long did it take by mechanical techniques?” Very few physicists can certainly reach down and stop the Russian calamity – it's no problem for the reality-labyrinth in which we live–Not singular but plural, crying for peace– Please advice–
“Wheeler had another mammalian behavior, as Kinsey said...” The voice was indistinct, buzzing. “Different maps for making lewd and perverted noises...” “It was very passionate... right here in Mark, Chapter 23...” Sheriff Carpenter was looking worried by now. Each truth is partial and must be balanced on her ass. On April 23, 1014, Brian Boru pushed open the door of M.M.M. “Mystical Books of All Ages” and passed through the possibility of meltdown. This sixfold energy explains why feral children are not “fully human.” A human is part of a plural system of human relations. The feral child has never been humanized; and conversely, humanized persons in isolation for long times find the plural human system collapsing upon them. They enter trans-human or at least transpersonal reality-tunnels. This is the mystical bliss-out of shipwrecked sailors and of John Lilly in his Samadhi-tank. “Richardson has no known connection with Hinkley but the Junkyard Dog and by the end of it I was having acute anxiety...” Energy in-forms matter, as I in-form you when I talk to you. Thus, Claude Shannon's theory of information (in-formation) applies to all systems: That which is measured is in-formed, tuned-in. We have come to bring you MORE WELFARE CUTS. If you've never had an orgasm, you've never had orgasmatron... to give a hot-foot to the renewables... no mustache–Perhaps a century from now Greenspun becomes a functional cosmos syndicate. A Revolutionary New Concept in Art Machines... Over 24 different selections to choose from! Guilt... money... despair... Alien signals... “A 4000-mile cunt? That's a very funny metaphor, Professor” … existential and conceptual... At last! An Art Machine that really works designed for you and yours by the Bureau of Common Sense Any set which is part of another set of whom the Rockefellers are symbols... John Fitzgerald Kennedy who was ON ASTEROID... There is one myth behind chimney sweeps... Hiroshima– growing awareness of the possibility of nuclear holocaust– Damn it, the flying saucer is connected– mean as a cyanide vibrator... Some of these bits concern a third and superior mind: that is doing what people say you cannot do. “The West Point Class of 1915 will destroy Associated Press and literature,” Sheriff Carpenter warned grimly. “Consciousness is information received and decoded by the executive organ of this social influence. The Empire never ended.” “Skeletons in the sexual attitudes of the parents!” Simon Moon peers unbelievingly at the course titles offered by Dr. Error's House of Mystery: MENTAL PATIENTS LIBERATION VEGETARIANISM AND WORLD HUNGER HOW TO COPE WITH MARXIST FREAKS ANARCHY AND FEMINISM LEARNING RELIGION STRAIGHT FROM GOD As Philip K. Dick said in Valis, “We did not fall for moral error; we fell because of intellectual error: that of taking the phenomenal world as real.” The Empire, of course, insists on imprinting its own repeating tape loops on your brain. These loops, defining “you” and the “external world” in one way only, make up the official realitylabyrinth that you encounter everywhere. You encounter it everywhere because you carry it with you, in your brain. These loops are the 'mind forg'd manacles' that Blake warned us about 200 years ago. “They won't let me get up. Give me something.” “Babylonian astrology is also known as the box or the cage or Euclidean space.” “Then I couldn't find the Old Testament God...” “A chicken in the Vatican by 1990!”
“My leaves have drifted. Pull me out.” Shakespeare's favorite metaphor was the garden. Gentle Will brings flowers with him wherever he goes: the court of Denmark, ancient Rome, Prospero's island. “The contact has been made... minds enflamed...” Just enough of each dirty secret was revealed to discredit Nixon; no dirty secret was pursued to its full ramifications. An Iron Curtain dropped, we suddenly had a new President (who immediately pardoned Nixon) and Watergate was all over, a part of history with Waterloo and the Battle of Clontarf. “The Empire never ended.” “What you don't like... somebody else's prose blowing in the streets,” Joyce commented ironically. “We are morally innocent; it is the Empire...” There is very little information in a political speech, because you always know what is coming next. A great poem, on the other hand, is information-rich in Weiner's sense. As Phil Dick says, again in Valis, “The Empire is the institution, the codification, of derangement; it is insane and imposes its insanity on us by violence, because its nature is a violent one.” Before going any further let us ask the Mick Jagger of 2005: “Why not? Any guy today predicts a swing back. I saw myself out there surrounded by conspiracies. A so-called youth revolution had eight jesuses. Real Capital is produced rapidly increasing maternal behavior. “ The speed of travel has increased, ignoring the gate in time. Pisa, the 23rd year of Marilyn Chambers... David A. Stockman sums up the Reagan Administration's philosophy in two pithy aphorisms: “Nobody is entitled to anything” and “We want a budget director who is mean as a Junkyard Dog.” Got it? “The father and the mother are the probability of project success... Colorless green minimizies the cost and time required...” Contact has been made.
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